You’ve got an ebook reader (or a laptop or netbook with ebook reading software) now you just need some free books to put it to good use. Read on as we show you the best places to score free books online.
There are quite a few places where you can pay for books online such as Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook bookstore, and the Google eBookstore—among many other options—but what about scoring free books? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular free book destinations online. Each entry includes information about the site and what kind of ebook formats the site natively supports.
A few note worthy things before we continue. First things first, you’re going to need an ebook reader. This could be a physical ebook device like the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes and Noble Nook, or a Sony eBook Reader. It could also be your laptop, smart phone, or computer running ebook software—such as the Kindle or Nook software for PCs or a third party ebook reading software. Chances are that if you’re reading this article you’ve already got that part figured out; we just didn’t want anything to stand between you and your free books.
Second, If you’re going to be converting between ebook formats (such as converting ePUB books to MOBI books for use on your Kindle) we highly recommend the robust and powerful open-source ebook management software Calibre—we can’t stress enough how awesome Calibre is for managing and converting your ebook collection.
Finally, the following methods for finding free ebooks are all legal. We know as well as the next geek that anybody and their brother can fire up a BitTorrent client and download entire ebook libraries or simply hunt and peck in Google search results for PDF files; this roundup, however, is focused on legitimate channels for acquiring new reading material. Downloading these free books might make book publishers sad over their lost profits but they won’t send an armada of lawyers after you.